Vinyl: Season 1 (2016)


Critic Consensus: Vinyl doesn't always keep the beat, dramatically speaking, but overall, it capably honors the rock pioneers of the '70s with absorbing stories, a spot-on soundtrack, and rich period detail.


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Air date: Feb 14, 2016
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A record-label president tries to save his company in 1970s New York City.


Bobby Cannavale
as Richie Finestra
Olivia Wilde
as Devon Finestra
Ray Romano
as Zak Yankovich
Ato Essandoh
as Lester Grimes
Max Casella
as Julie Silver
P.J. Byrne
as Scott Levitt
Max Cassella
as Julius "Julie" Silver
J.C. MacKenzie
as Skip Fontaine
Juno Temple
as Jamie Vine
Jack Quaid
as Clark Morelle
James Jagger
as Kip Stevens
James Jagger
as Kip Stevens
Armen Garo
as Corrado Galasso
Ken Marino
as Jackie Jervis
Bo Dietl
as Joe Corso
Annie Parisse
as Andrea Zito
Matt Bogart
as Robert Goulet
John Ventimiglia
as Lou Meshejian
Andrew Dice Clay
as Frank "Buck" Rogers
Shawn Klush
as Elvis Presley
Richard Short
as Billy McVicar
Gene Jones
as Colonel Tom Parker
Dustin Ingram
as Alice Cooper
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Critic Reviews for Vinyl Season 1

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (37)

There's barely time to recover as every scene attempts a daring or inventive move of some sort. There aren't many shows you can say that about, which makes "Vinyl," even with its flaws, a success.

Feb 11, 2016 | Full Review…

As a team, Scorsese and Winter found greatness in Boardwalk Empire. Maybe they'll eventually find it here, too. I just wish they'd found it sooner. Bottom line, a disappointment.

Feb 11, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

Vinyl is thoroughly rousing at its core, a crazed, dope-filled, sometimes dopey trip that begins in 1973 and has nothing in common with the earlier, comparatively sedate decade brought to you by AMC's Mad Men.

Feb 11, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

An exciting and completely unique dramedy, with music.

Feb 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a rock 'n' roll show so good Vinyl literally brings the house down.

Feb 10, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It looks fantastic, and it's lively and rambunctious, with good music, an endless supply of drugs, and enough ill-considered drama to give everyone something to gossip about the morning after.

Feb 9, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Yet, not even Scorsese at full-throttle was quite loud enough to drown out a sense that underneath all the ferocity were some stories so old-fashioned as to verge on the corny.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

If you are willing to invest many hours in a gorgeously scored, artfully crafted drama that takes effort to get invested in, then Vinyl is just the strain of Peruvian dancing dust to help you march toward TV nirvana.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Vinyl resembles little more than a by-the-numbers hybrid of The Wolf of Wall Street and Mad Men, with tighter pants.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Vinyl doesn't miss a beat. Like a well-sequenced album, the slightly nostalgic but pulsating series has an ebb and flow that stays in its own groove.

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vinyl: Season 1



Super Reviewer

Created by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger, Vinyl is an HBO period drama about the music industry of the 1970s. Season 1 follows record company executive Richie Finestra who backs out of a sale at the last minute and decides to retool and launch a new label dedicated to new and edgy bands. Starring Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano, Olivia Wilde, and Juno Temple, the show has an incredible cast. It also features a pretty good soundtrack. And as one would expect, there’s a lot of interesting commentary about the music industry, and a number of real-life musicians are worked into the plot; including Elvis Presley, Alice Cooper, David Bowie, and John Lennon. However, the episodes can be a little hard to follow, with all the different character subplots. And the sex, curse language, and flagrant drug use are extremely gratuitous and end up making a lot of the characters dislikable. Unfortunately, in spite of the tremendously creative talent on and off the screen, Vinyl proved to be too much of a mess and was cancelled after one season.


Super Reviewer

While having nice musical numbers and some brilliant nostalgia to the 70s. Vinyl is shallow and unsubstantial.


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